Chinese New Year Parade | Photos
A 100 foot-long paper dragon made out of silk, paper, and bamboo skipped down Wentworth Ave, Sunday, in celebration of Chinatown's 100th anniversary and the Lunar New Year. This year is the "Year of the Dragon 4710," and thousands of Chicagons were sprinkled with confetti as they danced along with Chinese drumbeats and watched the dragon roar through Chicago streets accompanied by marching bands, elaborate floats, the Miss Friendship Ambassador, and lion dance teams.
Chicago's parade began at 1pm and traveled along Wentworth Ave from 24th St to Cermak Rd. Countries and territories with significant Chinese populations all over the world celebrate the Chinese New Year, including China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Phillipines and cities with Chinatowns. New York had a celebration and parade similar to Chicago's, with colorful floats, musicians, acrobats and dancers winding through lower Manhattan.
"The Year of the Dragon" is considered the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac. If your birthday was in 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, or 2012, have a great year, and find your brave, hardworking and passionate self someone with the zodiac sign of Monkey or Rat to enjoy it with! Be sure to stay away from Ox and Goat signs, though, as you will surely be incompatible.
If you missed the Chinese New Year parade, celebrate the "Year of the Dragon" at the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago (238 W 23rd St) or go shopping in Chinatown Square, the two-story outdoor mall located just north of the main Wentworth Avenue District.